Definition of project verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒekt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they project
    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒekt//
    he / she / it projects
    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒekts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒekts//
    past simple projected
    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒektɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒektɪd//
    past participle projected
    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒektɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒektɪd//
    -ing form projecting
    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒektɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒektɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive, usually passive] project something to plan an activity, a project etc. for a time in the future The next edition of the book is projected for publication in March. The projected housing development will go ahead next year.
  2. estimate
  3. 2  [transitive, usually passive] to estimate what the size, cost or amount of something will be in the future based on what is happening now synonym forecast project something A growth rate of 4% is projected for next year. project something to do something The unemployment rate has been projected to fall. This pattern is usually used in the passive. it is projected that… It is projected that the unemployment rate will fall. See related entries: Running a business
  4. light/image
  5. 3  [transitive] project something (on/onto something) to make light, an image, etc. fall onto a flat surface or screen Images are projected onto the retina of the eye.
  6. stick out
  7. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to stick out beyond an edge or a surface synonym protrude a building with balconies projecting out over the street
  8. present yourself
  9. 5[transitive] to present somebody/something/yourself to other people in a particular way, especially one that gives a good impression project something They sought advice on how to project a more positive image of their company. She projects an air of calm self-confidence. project somebody/something/yourself (as somebody/something) He projected himself as a man worth listening to.
  10. send/throw up or away
  11. 6[transitive] project something/somebody (+ adv./prep.) to send or throw something up or away from yourself Actors must learn to project their voices. (figurative) the powerful men who would project him into the White House
  12. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘preliminary design, tabulated statement’): from Latin projectum ‘something prominent’, neuter past participle of proicere ‘throw forth’, from pro- ‘forth’ + jacere ‘to throw’. Early senses of the verb were ‘plan’ and ‘cause to move forward’.Extra examples He saw the top of the car projecting above the water. His feet were projecting beyond the end of the bed. The budget deficit was projected at £30 million. These rates can be projected forward to give figures for the next ten years. Two iron bars projected from the wall. a balcony projecting out over the lake the population increases projected for Asia Phrasal Verbsproject something onto somebody
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